Social Security is nothing but a transfer of wealth from the young and employed to the old and unemployed. In and of itself this Ponzi Scheme is blatantly unconstitutional, but the Congress made it doubly so by spending the FICA money on unrelated programs. Social Security should first be privatized then phased out completely.
That's going to be as popular as a black man crashing an ante-bellum Southern debutante's coming out party.
The Constitution simply does not permit the federal government to spend taxpayer dollars on education. Not only must the Department of Education be eradicated and all federal public education subsidies to the states, but federal student loans and grants must be equally dissolved.
That's going to make the aforementioned black man seem like an incredibly popular fellow.
The Constitution does not allow welfare programs as we know it. Direct transfers of wealth from one segment of the population to another are flatly not allowed under the Constitution. Eliminating that is going to be as popular as the black child running up to the aforementioned southern belle as she stands before her groom and yelling "momma!"
It's going to take an amazing reawakening to eliminate the unconstitutional welfare state the Democrats have forced upon us at great expense and it's not going to be possible except as a slow dismantling one phase and one program at a time.
Killing federal funding for NPR is a first essential step. If that step cannot be taken, the task cannot be done and the United States cannot survive.
That's how simple the issue is confronting the nation today.
Public broadcasting is too liberal, and more importantly, federal funding for public broadcasting is unconstitutional.
It is an insult to thinking people to attempt to pretend that Beck and his biases are "pro American". They are pro insanity. They are pro right wing. They are pro nutjob. they are pro whacko. They are pro corporatist.
None of that is pro American except in the mind of the True Belivers who prostrate themselves before the same perverted and twisted altar Beck worships at.
They are about as anti-American as one can get and not be waging war against the USA.
Although come to think of it, he is doing that also.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
Wait a minute.
The original Constitution and Bill of Rights does not allow taxation of income. In fact, it protects the right of the private citizen to own property, and no limits are set on the amount of wealth any man can own.
The limits on the power of business or any other group to influence Congress were placed in the Constitution by flatly limiting the power the Congress has in the first place.
Article I, Section 8 defines what Congress may do, and defines ONLY what Congress may do.
The phrase "general welfare" in that Section do not serve as a stealth blank check to bypass those limitations, nor does the Interstate Commerce Clause grant the Congress the authority to trample rights guaranteed in other portions of the Constitution, such as the Freedom of Association promised on the First Amendment, the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in the Second, and the security of one's person promised in the Fourth.
The Founders recognized that the Constitution would be effective for as long the people understood their Constitution and required their representatives obey it, and for no longer than that. The rise of the Progressives (aka socialists) in the Twentieth Century ushered in a concerted effort to subvert the Constitution and make the people either ignorant of it's meaning or desirous of it's obsolecence for reasons of personal greed. The Progressives succeeded to the point where it's doubtful the republic can be restored.
Certainly the Republic will not be restored by making government even bigger.
Our nation's Founders declined to establish a national newspaper, ergo, they would not be eager to create a national broadcasting system. The question of any such national organ, then and now, is who gets editorial control. NPR has shown that friends of the Republic will not always be controlling the discussion, and there's no reason the taxpayers should be forced to fund their enemies.I am not sure what they would propose to do about it, but a public broadcasting network would be the least radical of solutions that could be proposed. I actually think they would pass a law for the immediate nullification of media corporation charters, and sell off their assets, their newspapers and broadcast stations, to private individuals. The law would prohibit ownership of media by corporations.
Our founders were radicals, and would equally be considered that today, maybe even more so.
Defunding NPR is idiotic as it would save only $60 million. $60 million is nothing, not even a drop in the bucket. This has nothing to do w/ saving $$$$, rather it has everything to do with getting rid of media that isn't Fox News-esque.
"And in the end, we were all just humans, drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness."
No one seeking the destruction of the United States is an American. Sorry, that's just not consistent.
Oh.t is an insult to thinking people to attempt to pretend that Beck and his biases are "pro American". They are pro insanity. They are pro right wing. They are pro nutjob. they are pro whacko. They are pro corporatist.
I see. Someone who can present a logical and factual argument against those directly involved in the dissolution of the United States and working towards it's radical transformation are "whacko", "nutjob", and, for some reason "corporatist" (whatever that might mean, the Mayor doesn't waste time tracking all the left-wing fringe mind-control jargon). Then again, so many thins Beck has predicted have come true.
Where's ACORN now? As Beck predicted, broken up and scattered. Still doing it's corrupt thing, but under the guise of many names now.
Talk to us about Van Jones.
Beck has you people...er those people wired and they resent the exposure.
Which articles of the Constitution are you opposed to again?None of that is pro American except in the mind of the True Belivers who prostrate themselves before the same perverted and twisted altar Beck worships at.
Again, be specific. All Americans agree that people have the freedom to associate. That means, among other things, they have the freedom to not associate as well. Which means Americans are against closed shop unions and collective bargaining practices in which people are compelled to join unions to gain employment.They are about as anti-American as one can get and not be waging war against the USA.
Americans believe in the freedom of competition, and thus they oppose corporate subsidies of all stripes, including the subsidy of one particular left wing radio station called NPR. You use the word "corporatist", yet you support the taxpayer support of a corporation. What, exactly should any honest observer make of that inconsistency?
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But that system that they had was relatively free of corporate power, and the attendant dizzying disparities in wealth. However, Jefferson is seen warning that it was already trying to gain a foothold, and that we ought to fight it for the sake of our liberty.
I believe they would be appalled at what has become of our democracy, and our media, today. I also agree with you that they would not particularly cherish the notion of NPR and PBS. But they would certainly recognize it as a response to a diseased corporatist system. As an effort to treat the symptoms and not the sickness itself. Even so, I seriously doubt they would withhold the medicine that gives some relief, while ignoring the reason the symptoms arose.
The founders imagined our remaining as free of the abuses of anything similar to England Inc. as they were. But that didn't happen. As such, unless we are willing to react exactly as they would react, and do all of the things they would do, and thereby fix the big picture, I think we'd better hold onto what you fantastically think of as an abuse of some sort: that being public broadcasting. All the while ignoring the true abuses to our liberty.
When you are ready to address the big picture, then we'll talk, and I will gladly concede the dissolution of public broadcasting.
You can never be safe from a government that can keep you completely safe from each other and the world. You must choose.